One in Five Kentucky Working-age Adults Delay or Skip Health Care Due to Cost

One in five Kentucky adults delayed or went without medical care in 2016 due to cost, according to a report released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  Additionally, almost one in four went without dental care, and nearly one in five skipped prescription medications due to cost, the report said. “Too many Kentuckians continue

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services Becomes Baptist Health Floyd

After months of transition work, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services officially became part of Baptist Health at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. The new name of the organization is Baptist Health Floyd. The binding asset purchase agreement was signed at the end of June and was approved by the Floyd County Commissioners,

Fewer Kentucky Small Businesses Offering Employee Health Insurance

If you were looking for a job at a small employer in 2015, you’d have a harder time finding one that offered health insurance compared to 2012, according to a report released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  In fact, while 98.3 percent of Kentucky businesses with 50 or more employees offered health insurance

New National Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 Seniors Satisfied with Medicare Part D

Ten years after its initial launch, the Medicare Part D prescription drug program remains overwhelmingly popular with American seniors, according to Medicare Today’s annual Senior Satisfaction Survey. The nationwide survey of approximately 2,000 seniors conducted by Morning Consult found that 88 percent are satisfied with their Part D coverage and eight of every 10 believe their drug

Government Affairs

Governor Bevin Submits Revised 1115 Waiver to Federal Government

Gov. Matt Bevin today submitted the Section 1115 demonstration waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sec. Sylvia Burwell. This innovative and common sense approach waiver will put Kentuckians on a path to better health outcomes, ensure long-term


Healthcare issues in the upcoming elections

By Ben Keeton After a brief delay, the primary elections are official and we can move our attention to the upcoming general elections in November.  While we can feel a bit of relief from the campaign commercials, the next several months are important as the candidates present their vision for the future of Kentucky.  Healthcare



Treating Elderly Patients

By Jeremy Wale, JD Elderly patients may not always have the capacity to make informed consent—and if recurring treatment is required, there are special issues. A patient’s absolute right to make informed decisions regarding his or her medical care is the foundation of informed consent. The American Medical Association states, “Physicians should sensitively and respectfully